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Diocese gathers in Ripon for farewell service

Ripon Cathedral Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Representatives of every church in the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds will gather for a Service of Thanksgiving today, marking the end of the diocese after 178 years.

The new Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales will officially launch on April 20.

To mark the occasion, Ripon Cathedral will transform into an imaginary railway complete with train driver and a guard, to create a "journey" theme.

Two actors playing a train driver and a guard, will play a major role in the service, leading the congregation through the theme of the journey.

Police appeal after 29 Ripon cars scratched and slashed

Ripon police are appealing for information after a spree of car vandalism.

The damage occurred during the evening of Saturday 8 March 2014, when at least 29 cars were damaged.

Cars parked on Southgate, Aismunderby Road, Wakeman Road, Holmefield Road, King Edward Road, Princess Royal Road, Quarry Moor Road and Clotherholme Road, had their tyres slashed and body work scratched.


Junior soldier from Ripon wins top award

Jordan McCarthy: Best Junior Soldier from the Royal Engineers. Credit: © Crown Copyright 2014

A Junior Soldier from Ripon received a top prize when he graduated from the prestigious Army Foundation College in Harrogate.

Jordan McCarthy (16) was awarded the prize as the Best Junior Soldier from the Royal Engineers.

He joined the Army Foundation College in September last year for the first of the newly designed courses combining vocational education and military training.

On the course, he completed Non-Vocational Qualifications in English, Maths and ICT as well as driver theory training.

“The best part of being here was making a new set of friends and knowing they’ll be friends for life,” said Jordan, a former pupil of Outwood Academy.

“The course as a whole has given me a wider sense of leadership – I had to lead a fire team on fire and manoeuvre and that was really challenging.”

The 23-week course delivers basic training to Junior Soldiers before they leave to follow their longer and more specialist technical training.

“The prize awarded to Jordan is the culmination of 12 months of hard work and dedication,” said Lieutenant Colonel Oz Lane, the College’s Commanding Officer.

“He can be rightly proud of his achievements at the College, and the staff and I wish him well as he goes forward to the second phase of his training which he hopes will be with the Royal Engineers.”


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Neighbours watch house 'splitting in two'

A neighbour of the property on the verge of collapse has said she is shocked even though she knew about the gypsum problem.

"It's a bit of a shock, really.

"It's definitely widened since first thing this morning.

"We've been aware for quite some time that there's a gypsum problem in this area."

"You can't see the hole from here - just the poor house splitting in two.

"It's a worry for us residents, really. We're assured that our buildings are safe. But it's a bit close for comfort, really."

– Emily Moon, owner of neighbouring property
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